MADISON — Hot shooting from their opponents once again doomed the Wisconsin Badgers as the Marquette Golden Eagles shot nearly 53 percent from the field in a 82–63 win over UW at the Kohl Center on Saturday afternoon.
Guard Andrew Rowsey lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting (5-of-6 from three-point range), including 18 during a key second-half run by Marquette (7–3) that squelched Wisconsin’s momentum.
Guard Markus Howard and guard/forward Sam Hauser contributed 23 and 16 points, respectively, combining for eight three-pointers on 15-of-31 shooting.
True freshman guard Brad Davison scored a team-high 20 points while redshirt junior forward Ethan Happ added 17 points and nine rebounds for Wisconsin (4–7).
Wisconsin shot only 42.6 percent (23 of 54) for the game and drained only four of 12 shots from three-point range while committing 12 turnovers in the 124th meeting between the two programs.
Marquette took a 41–32 halftime lead into the locker room, shooting 50 percent (16 of 32) and 8-of-14 from three-point range.
Howard scored a game-high 16 in the first half on 6-of-13 shooting while adding four rebounds. Hauser chipped in eight points with Rowsey pitching in six.
Davison led Wisconsin in scoring the first 20 minutes with 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Happ contributed nine points and six rebounds. Only five Badgers scored in the first half, with team shooting 40.7 percent (11 of 27) from the field.
The Golden Eagles only hit two of their last 10 shots in the last six-plus minutes of the first half, allowing the Badgers to get back in the game on a 12–5 run in the last 5:45. This came after Marquette led by as much as 17 points with 10:12 to play until halftime.
Wisconsin started off the second half on the right foot with a Brevin Pritzl three-pointer to cut the lead to six. Pritzl scored 10 points in the loss.
UW pulled within 46–40 after a Happ layup with 15:54 left to play, but Rowsey could not be contained in the final 20 minutes. He scored 18 points in the second half, including eight in a row after Wisconsin brought it within six. His three-pointer with 10:43 left pushed Wisconsin to a 19-point deficit, and along with a Matt Heldt layup with 9:50 left to give Marquette a 67–48 lead, Wisconsin could not close the gap.
The closest Wisconsin came was within 15 points of Marquette with 8:01 left. One stretch included the Badgers not hitting nine consecutive field-goal attempts between 6:14 and 2:43 remaining in the game before true freshman forward Nate Reuvers converted a lay-up.
UW returns to play on Wednesday night against Western Kentucky.